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    Status regarding Budapest Convention

Status regarding Budapest Convention

Status : NA Declarations and reservations : N/A See legal profile

Cybercrime policies/strategies

The country has a National ICT Policy, developed in 2009, which proposes a strategic vision for the development of the sector. The development of a clear vision and legal frameworks in the field of cybersecurity and the fight against cybercrime is one of the priorities of the National ICT Policy. The Ministry of Information and Communications and the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) are in charge of implementing the government’s defined priorities in the ICT sector.

The country published a National Innovation and Digital Strategy in 2019. The strategy covers not only education, health and justice, entrepreneurship and society but also cyber security. It has given the Ministry of Information and Communication leverage to demand resources for a cyber security strategy.

The government of Sierra Leone has drafted a National Cyber Security policy (process finalized in March 2021), and currently is under consultation with different stakeholders in the country.

The draft National Cyber Security policy includes five strategic objectives in the sphere, including the development of legislation on cybercrime. The policy document also mentions the creation of a National Cyber Security Council (NCSC), of a National Cyber Emergency Response Coordination Unit (NCERCU) and of a National Cyber Incidence Response Team (NCIRT).

Specialised institutions

Ministry of information and Communications

Judiciary of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Police has a specialised cybercrime unit.

Jurisprudence/case law

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